|Musician, best-selling author, TED speaker, and community leader Amanda Palmer is joined by Laura Jane Grace this week on THE ART OF ASKING EVERYTHING. Among the many fascinating topics they dive deeply on, the two discuss enjoying music as an individual, musicians working in cycles, the relationship between speed and creativity, and punk guilt.
Laura Jane Grace is the founder, lead singer, songwriter and guitarist of Against Me! She just released her new solo album, Stay Alive. The band has released seven studio albums and Grace is one the first highly visible punk rock musicians to come out as transgender. Her column, “Mandatory Happiness,” was published by Vice for years, and her autobiography is entitled Tranny: Confessions Of Punk Rock’s Most Infamous Anarchist Sellout. Grace has been powerfully open about her own experiences with gender dysphoria, transitioning, imposter syndrome and – most interesting to Palmer – what it means to be truly authentic in this world. Their conversation went all over the place, as you’d expect, from how songs are written and how writers deal with “finishing” things, to how they deal when the head-weasels come scurrying.
“The punk guilt that I carried was something that I took into consideration as we toured with bigger bands,” says Grace. “It’s like doing arena tours and realizing this is a production, but it also gets into just it being different crafts. There’s your craft as a recording artist, your craft as a songwriter and your craft as a performer. I do want consistency in performance every night because I think that people deserve that.”
AMANDA PALMER – THE ART OF ASKING EVERYTHING
EPISODE 4 — “LAURA JANE GRACE: PUNK GUILT”
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